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Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) II—Spring 2021

Villanova University continues to provide emergency financial aid grants to students whose lives have been disrupted by the COVID-19 crisis, many of whom are facing financial challenges and struggling to make ends meet.

In Spring 2021, grants are being funded by the federal government through the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) II and by the University’s Student Hardship Fund, made possible by institutional funds as well as generous donations from Villanova faculty, staff, alumni and parents.

Please note: Students experiencing ongoing challenges with financing their educational costs should contact the office appropriate to their enrollment to speak with a representative regarding opportunities that may be available.

About the Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) II

Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund (HEERF) II—part of the federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2021 (CRRSAA)—provides money to colleges and universities to prevent, prepare and respond to COVID-19. A portion of these funds are earmarked for distribution as emergency student grants. 

Unlike the CARES Act (2020), the CRRSAA requires that institutions prioritize students with exceptional need, such as students who receive Pell Grants, and now allows grants to students exclusively enrolled in distance education. These grants are separate from additional financial aid students may receive from Villanova University.

 

Who is Eligible for an HEERF II Student Grant?

Per Federal requirements, students must meet the following criteria to be eligible for HEERF II funding:

  • Enrolled in the Spring 2021 term (January 1, 2021 to May 31, 2021) in an on-campus or online program.
  • Must demonstrate financial need with preference to students with exceptional financial need.

To help determine exceptional financial need, Villanova is requiring all students who are U.S. Citizens and permanent residents to have a 2020-21 FAFSA on file. We encourage you to complete that as soon as possible, as it takes about 3-5 days for the University to receive the results of the FAFSA. Please see below for information on how to apply.

Please note: Per the U.S. Department of Education, international and undocumented students are not eligible to receive HEERF II funding.


Support for Those Not Eligible for HEERF II Act Funding

Villanova students who are ineligible for HEERF II grants, but are experiencing significant need, are encouraged to apply for support through the University’s Student Hardship Fund, which is made possible by donor contributions. Please see below for information on how to apply.

 

Undergraduate Students

Full-time undergraduate students who received Federal Pell Grants and the need-based Villanova Grants for the 2020-21 academic year will be directly awarded an emergency grant. No application is necessary.

The following students are encouraged to apply for assistance through the application link below:

  • Those who did not receive Pell Grants or need-based Villanova Grants, but who have demonstrated exceptional need.
  • Those who received an emergency grant, but have additional exceptional need. 

To help determine exceptional financial need, Villanova is requiring all students who are U.S. Citizens and permanent residents to have a 2020-21 FAFSA on file. We encourage you to complete that as soon as possible, as it takes about 3-5 days for the University to receive the results of the FAFSA. 

In the spirit of serving as many of Villanova University's students with the greatest need, additional awards are generally between $200-$500 per student. Higher amounts may be requested and awarded to those who, in the University’s discretion, demonstrated circumstances of extreme hardship.

Those with continuing financial need should apply for financial aid for the 2021-2022 academic year. Students should contact the Office of Financial Assistance for further information.


Undergraduate Students FAQs

Students who received a Federal Pell Grant or a need-based Villanova Grant for the 2020-2021 academic year do not need to apply unless the funding you received does not cover all of your needs. You then would need to complete an application for those additional expenses. 

Students who have exceptional need, but who did not receive a Pell Grant or need-based Villanova Grant, should apply through the link above. This includes international and undocumented students.

Students must meet the following criteria to be eligible for HEERF II funding:

  • Enrolled in the Spring 2021 term (January 1, 2021 - May 31, 2021) in an on-campus or online program.
  • Must demonstrate financial need with preference to students with exceptional financial need.

Applications will be reviewed as they are received and may take up to ten (10) business days to be reviewed. Due to the limited nature of funds available, we encourage students to apply as soon as possible.

Since the HEERF II grant is based on demonstrated need, the 2020-21 FAFSA will be used in conjunction with the application to determine a student’s need for the grant. Also, if a student expresses concern about needing additional funding for school, the Office of Financial Assistance can use the FAFSA to counsel the student to determine if there is eligibility for other funding.

Villanova cannot guarantee that all who apply for an emergency grant, whether supported by HEERF II funds or the University's Student Hardship Fund, will receive an award due to the limited nature of this funding. 

Grants will be distributed to students who demonstrate need, with priority given to those with exceptional need, until funds are exhausted.

No. An emergency grant, whether funded by HEERF II or the University's Student Hardship Fund, does not need to be repaid. This grant does not impact or replace any financial aid you may currently receive, and it is a one-time grant.

The University adopted a tiered approach to students who already demonstrated financial need (Pell Grant and need-based Villanova Grant recipients) with awards ranging from $200 to $1,000.

Awards for students who were not previously awarded funds (did not receive Pell Grant or need-based Villanova Grant) or who have additional needs will be between $200 and $500 depending on demonstrated need. Larger amounts may be requested and awarded to those who, in the University’s discretion, demonstrate exceptional need.

Our goal is to award emergency grants as quickly as possible, normally within ten (10) business days after receipt of application. This timeline may be extended if your FAFSA information is not on file. You will receive a notification to your Villanova.edu email address notifying you if you received the grant, in what amount and instructions to receive the funds.

If you have signed up for direct deposit of refunds, Villanova will post and direct deposit these funds in the designated bank account. If you have not signed up for direct deposit of refunds, you will need to do so before the funds can be disbursed to you. Click here to see your direct deposit of refunds status or to sign up.

Once logged into your MyNova account, the e-Refund enrollment form can be found in the Student tab under “Bursar links.” Please provide the requested information and submit the completed form.    

The full amount of the emergency grants will be given directly to students and will not pay outstanding balances owed to Villanova. Any outstanding balance remains the responsibility of the student.

No. Per the U.S. Internal Revenue Code, emergency financial aid grants under HEERF II are qualified disaster relief payments and will not be taxable.

Students can submit questions to finaidcovid19@villanova.edu. If you have questions about your application for financial assistance not related to the HEERF II or Student Hardship Fund, please direct those questions to finaid@villanova.edu

Students can apply for financial assistance even if they have never applied before. Please visit the Office of Financial Assistance website for information on how to apply for aid for the 2021-22 academic year.


Graduate and Law Students

Graduate and Law students who are facing unexpected financial stresses can apply for an emergency grant. Support may originate from HEERF II funds or the University's Student Hardship Fund, which is made possible by institutional funds as well as generous contributions from Villanova faculty, staff, alumni and parents.

There is a single application process for graduate and law students, regardless of what source of funding might ultimately aid a student. See below for full eligibility requirements.

To help determine exceptional financial need, Villanova is requiring all students who are U.S. Citizens and permanent residents to have a 2020-21 FAFSA on file. We encourage you to complete that as soon as possible, as it takes about 3-5 days for the University to receive the results of the FAFSA. 

In the spirit of serving as many of Villanova University's students with the greatest need, awards are generally capped at $1,000 per student. Higher amounts may be requested and awarded to those who, in the University’s discretion, demonstrated circumstances of extreme hardship. 

Those with continuing financial need are encouraged to apply for financial aid for the 2021-2022 academic year. Students should contact the Office of Financial Assistance for further information; CWSL students should contact the Law School’s Office of Financial Aid.

Graduate and Law Students FAQs

Students must meet the following criteria to be eligible for HEERF II funding:

  • Enrolled in the Spring 2021 term (January 1, 2021 - May 31, 2021) in an on-campus or online program.
  • Must demonstrate financial need with preference to students with exceptional financial need.

Applications will be reviewed as received. Due to the limited nature of funds available, students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Since the HEERF II grant is based on demonstrated need, the 2020-21 FAFSA will be used in conjunction with the application to determine a student’s need for the grant. Also, if a student expresses concern about needing additional funding for school, the Office of Financial Assistance can use the FAFSA to counsel the student to determine if there is eligibility for other funding.

Villanova cannot guarantee that all who apply for an emergency grant, whether supported by HEERF II funds or the University's Student Hardship Fund, will receive an award due to the limited nature of this funding. 

Grants will be distributed to students who demonstrate need, with priority given to those with exceptional need, until funds are exhausted. 

Graduate and law students who have received a $600 stimulus payment directly from the IRS on or after December 27, 2020, will not be given priority consideration at this time.

Online Graduate Tax students must demonstrate an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) less than $7,000 for consideration due to funding limitations.

No. An emergency grant, whether funded by HEERF II or the University's Student Hardship Fund, does not need to be repaid. This grant does not impact or replace any financial aid you may currently receive, and it is a one-time grant.

Yes, students who were previously awarded emergency grants are eligible to apply again.

Awards for graduate students will generally be capped at $1,000. Higher amounts may be requested and awarded to those who, in the University’s discretion, demonstrate extreme hardship. Documentation such as receipts for expenses related to your hardship can assist in the determination of the award. However, funding may be limited based on demand and resources available. 

Our goal is to award emergency grants as quickly as possible, ideally within ten (10) business days after receipt of application. This timeline may be extended if your FAFSA information is not on file. You will receive a notification to your Villanova.edu email address notifying you if you received the grant, in what amount and instructions to receive the funds.

If you have signed up for direct deposit of refunds, Villanova will post and direct deposit these funds in the designated bank account.

If you have not signed up for direct deposit of refunds, you will need to do so before the funds can be disbursed to you. Click here to see your direct deposit of refunds status or to sign up.

Once logged into your MyNova account, the e-Refund enrollment form can be found in the Student tab under “Bursar links.” Please provide the requested information and submit the completed form.   

The full amount of the emergency grants will be given directly to students and will not be used to pay outstanding balances owed to Villanova. Any outstanding balance remains the responsibility of the student.

No. Per the U.S. Internal Revenue Code, emergency financial aid grants under HEERF II are qualified disaster relief payments and will not be taxable.

 

Non-Credit Professional Education Students 

Non-credit professional education students who are facing unexpected financial stresses can apply for an emergency grant. Support may originate from HEERF II funds or the University's Student Hardship Fund, which is made possible by institutional funds as well as generous contributions from Villanova faculty, staff, alumni and parents.

There is a single application process for non-credit professional education students, regardless of what source of funding might ultimately aid a student. See below for full eligibility requirements.

To help determine exceptional financial need, Villanova is requiring all students who are U.S. Citizens and permanent residents to have a 2020-21 FAFSA on file. We encourage you to complete that as soon as possible, as it takes about 3-5 days for the University to receive the results of the FAFSA. 

In the spirit of serving as many of Villanova University's students with the greatest need, awards for non-credit professional education students will range from $200 to $500. Students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible as funding is limited.


Non-Credit Professional Education Students FAQs

Students must meet the following criteria to be eligible for HEERF II funding:

  • Enrolled in the Spring 2021 term (January 1, 2021 - May 31, 2021) in an on-campus or online program.
  • Must demonstrate financial need with preference to students with exceptional financial need.

Applications will be reviewed as received. Due to the limited nature of funds available, students are encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Since the HEERF II grant is based on demonstrated need, the 2020-21 FAFSA will be used in conjunction with the application to determine a student’s need for the grant.

Villanova cannot guarantee that all who apply for an emergency grant, whether supported by HEERF II funds or the University's Student Hardship Fund, will receive an award due to the limited nature of this funding. 

Grants will be distributed to students who demonstrate need, with priority given to those with exceptional need, until funds are exhausted. 

No. An emergency grant, whether funded by HEERF II or the University's Student Hardship Fund, does not need to be repaid. This grant does not impact or replace any financial aid you may currently receive, and it is a one-time grant.

Awards for non-credit professional education students will range from $200 to $500. Higher amounts may be requested and awarded to those who, in the University’s discretion, demonstrate extreme hardship. Documentation such as receipts for expenses related to your hardship can assist in the determination of the award. However, funding may be limited based on demand and resources available. 

Our goal is to award emergency grants as quickly as possible, ideally within ten (10) business days after receipt of application. This timeline may be extended if your FAFSA information is not on file. You will receive a notification to your Villanova.edu email address notifying you if you were awarded the grant, in what amount and instructions to receive the funds. Non-credit students administratively supported by Bisk will be notified via the email address provided on their Hardship application form.

If you have a Villanova email address, you will need to sign up for direct deposit of refunds. This will allow Villanova to post and direct deposit these funds in the designated bank account. You will need to sign up before the funds can be disbursed to you. Click here to see your direct deposit of refunds status or to sign up.

Once logged into your MyNova account, the e-Refund enrollment form can be found in the Student tab under “Bursar links.” Please provide the requested information and submit the completed form.   

For the non-credit students administratively supported by Biskthe funds will be sent to you via check at the address provided on your Hardship application form. 

The full amount of the emergency grants will be given directly to students and will not be used to pay outstanding balances owed to Villanova. Any outstanding balance remains the responsibility of the student.

No. Per the U.S. Internal Revenue Code, emergency financial aid grants under HEERF II are qualified disaster relief payments and will not be taxable.